Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom
traquair.co.uk

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,064
Reviews:
619
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
140
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113
For Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany amber. Thin, meduim tan head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of caramel, dark dried fruit, light vanilla; earthy. Flavor follows with well integrated caramel malt, toffee, dark dried fruit, light vanilla and a hint of smoke and mustiness. An unexpectedly dry finish and somewhat more subdued flavor than I expected, but nicely balanced and pleasant. Medium bodied, but has a light creaminess that gives an excellent mout feel. A very nice scotch ale from a great traditional brewer.

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of bump8628
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not many good Scotch Ales available here, but this one of them. Pours mahogany with a thin, loose ecru head. Rich caramel and toffee, subtle mustiness like mossy decomposing wood, nice spicy oak note, vanilla and toasted nuts. Balanced bitterness, with an earthy hop flavor, slightly metallic mineral note on the finish. This is a relatively young bottle and is already super mellow. I like the new 500ml format as opposed to the old 330ml bottles.

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Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle bought at Bottle Revolution a while back. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark amber-ruby-brown. Off white head that mostly fades quickly, but leaves a bit floating on top. Just some spots of lacing.

Smell: Rich and malty with lots of caramel and raisin aromas. A little smoke and earth. Tiny hint of cinnamon? Complex.

Taste: As with the aroma, very nice malty flavors. A bit more peat and smoke in the taste, as well as some alcohol-- more than expected for a 7% beer. The alcohol at the end washes away some of the malty finish, which is a shame. Some roasty bitterness at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Really only medium, as the alcohol flavor makes it finish a bit too clean and dry.

Overall: A very good wee heavy. As above, a bit too much alcohol flavor-- burns like a 9 or 10% beer. Nice complexity of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on agtĀ“12. Dark brown in color. Light beige head shows not much retention. Yeast, floral & herbal fragrances, caramel & toasted malt aromas & hints of anise to the nose. Gentle warming alcohol at firs sip rounded by toasted flavor. Medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Dark fruits in the middle, slightly chocolate touch & subtle anise notes. Dry malty finish. Sweet & alcoholic aftertaste.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sommersb
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 08-24-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Thistle
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance: Big tan head sits on this dark, red-brown and clear beer. Both head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Aromas are quite complex and have a definite wow-factor! Cherries, wood/oak, whiskey, caramels, toffee, dark fruits and licorice all come to mind. A delight to smell...

Taste: Very malty and of dark breads, plus woody notes, vanilla, smoke and tobacco. Light and earthy bitterness is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth-drinking with moderate carbonation levels. The body is between medium and full, with an aftertaste that is lightly sweet and bready, with a slight sour aspect, such as with rye bread.

Overall an excellent beer; a rich nightcap with a warming alcohol affect.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown color forming a thin but persistent white to yellow head. Few lacings left in he glass

S: Mainly sweet and roasted. Notes of toffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts, dark fruit esters, mainly raisins. Sweet grains

T: Rich taste. Again, a sweet toffee and roasted upfront with notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, wood, burned toffee. Excellent rosted bitterness

M: Medium bodied. Molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Toffee and roasted bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Complex. Great Scottish Ale

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Photo of pkalix
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. beautiful dark ruby, garnet with little lacing, but toffee smell. one of my all time favorites and after the chimay blue and duvel, it brings an awesome balance to my tatsebuds. the website says it's a 'winter ale' but it tastes great in the summer warm. a good scotch on the side almost sounds very complimentary... i'm a happy man tonight!!!

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet with clingy creamy vellum head that fades fast.
Whiskey barrel, dates, smoked meat, and soil - deep nose.
Cocoa, rum cake, fig jam with touches of toffee and treacle and a hint of smoke and a touch of sherry (vanilla) with no real hops other than balancing bitterness.
Apple compote ending and rugelach (dark fruit, spice, pastry) ending.
Medium, silky smooth, some clingy sugars but surprisingly light overall.

This has been in the cellar 3 years - one the of first from when I started collecting beers, in fact - and patience means this is like sipping satin, approaching Trappist Quad levels of smoothness. Nothing sharp about it, no burn, everything perfectly melded. No exaggeration to say it drinks like a port, in depth, feel and flavor profile. So very worth the wait.

Deeper, smoother, more complex and drier than Jacobite.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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